Manicaland has nothing to show for its diamonds except for environmental degradation complains Minister Chimene

Minister of State for Manicaland Province Mandi Chimene has lamented the fact that her province did not benefit from the diamonds in the Chiadzwa area. She claims that the diamonds only brought problems such as environmental degradation and potential health problems associated with the chemicals used by the miners.

We may have benefited as a nation, especially as some of the money was used to recapitalise different sectors of the economy, but as the custodians of the mineral, we did not get anything tangible.


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Roads, schools and hospitals are in a very bad state, yet diamonds would be mined and transported to Harare without even repairing the same roads that the transporters used.

Our provincial hospital is in shambles. Our schools do not have critical amenities, while roads are almost impassable in some parts, yet we were producing a mineral that had the potential to get the wheels of the national economy turning.

Our people are devastated. They needed to see something tangible from the diamonds. I am also very disappointed

More: Herald

Mandi ChimeneManicaland Province

Mandi Chimene is the former Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister.She is also former Makoni South member of parliament as well as chairperson of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association .Chimene was expelled from the ruling party Zanu-PF in November 2017 after a military initiative code named Operation Restore... Read More About Mandi Chimene

Manicaland is a province which covers largely the eastern highlands and the south eastern plateau of Zimbabwe. Manicaland is one of the ten of Zimbabwe Provinces. Mutare is the capital of Manicaland Province. Read More About Manicaland Province

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